Today Marks The beginning of Lent for the Catholic Church and a celebration for Mapeera
Today, the catholic church in the world marks the beginning of lent season that initiates the church into the Easter period.
This same day the church commemorates the arrival of the first catholic missionaries Pre Simeon Lourdel (Mapeera) and brother Amans Delmas (Amansi) at Kigungu on the shores of Lake Victoria.
The Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwaga, announced that the Mapeera Day celebrations in Kigungu will be suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though he said individuals are free to go there for their private prayers.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of lent and occurs 46 days before Easter.
It falls on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.
The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned.
Usually multitudes flock churches on this day, to have their foreheads marked with ash but this COVID-19 period it seems different.
While some churches have opted for drive-through services and masses on Zoom, others are offering silent blessings outdoors and asking all clergy and parishioners to remain masked.
Some are applying ashes using cotton balls or the traditional way, sanitizing between each person.